Almond Granita

Almond Granita

A few months ago I was watching Chef's Table: Pastry, and was pulled in by the episode featuring Corrado Assenza—a Sicilian chef who specializes in cannoli, gelato and granita.  

Prior to watching this episode, I had never heard of the Sicilian tradition of eating granita for breakfast. There are debates on whether or not lemon or almond was the best flavor but I was drawn in by the idea of eating something cold and refreshing like granita in the morning. 

It's traditionally served with brioche and espresso which sounded like the perfect summer morning breakfast. Since I don't drink espresso, I completely nixed that part of it. I do like brioche but had some difficulties when I tried making it by hand so I'm not sharing that recipe. It's been a while since I've made bread and I've never attempted brioche. Perhaps I'll try it again in the near future. 

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Chocolate and Almond Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate and Almond Sandwich Cookies

The original name for these cookies is "Romeo's Sighs and Juliet's Kisses" which if you ask me, is not really indicative of the type of cookies these are so I decided to rename them.

It is so much less romantic than the thought of Romeo's "Sighs" and Juliet's "Kisses" sealed together with a sweet filling. Sadly, even the romantic in me couldn't help but cringe at the name.

But, these are Valentine's Day appropriate so their romantic value is not completely lost by my unwillingness to call them by their original name. 

 

 

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Almond Crescent Cookies

Almond Crescent Cookies

I'm in a major baking phase and more so than usual, especially when it comes to cookies. 

I don't know if it's the holidays or the fact that in winter I prefer to be burrowed inside rather than outside or that I have this deeper desire than usual to share food with people but I have realized I could make food all day long and be tired at the end but happy.

So after being abundantly appalled that my kitchen is now fully stocked and prepared for any baking disaster (this includes 4 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of white sugar, 4 pounds of brown sugar, loads of nuts and eggs), I'll be making whatever cookies I can this December. 

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